Best of
Epic-Fantasy

2005

The Malloreon, Vol. 2: Sorceress of Darshiva / The Seeress of Kell


David Eddings - 2005
    This monumental fantasy follows the story of two age-old opposing destinies locked in a seven-thousand-year war for control of the world, its gods, and its men. Indeed the victor will determine nothing less than the fate of all creation.Troubles mount as King Garion, Belgarath, and Polgara pursue Zandramas, the Child of Dark, across the known world. The wicked creature has abducted the King’s infant son for sinister purposes. If Garion and his companions cannot reach the Place Which Is No More, as the Seeress of Kell has warned, then Zandramas will use Garion’s son in a rite that will raise the Dark Prophecy to eternal dominion over the universe. Only the Seeress of Kell can reveal the mysterious locale, but first Garion and Polgara must fulfill an ancient prophecy in the mountain fastness of the Seers. Although Kell is closed to Zandramas, her dark magic can forcefully extract the intelligence she needs from one of Garion’s party. Setting traps and dispatching her foul minions, she is determined to claim the world for the Dark Prophecy. But Garion will let nothing stand between himself and his son. . . .

The Malloreon, Vol. 1: Guardians of the West / King of the Murgos / Demon Lord of Karanda


David Eddings - 2005
    Now the first three Malloreon books appear in a single volume, taking us on an epic quest across strange lands among gods, kings, sorcerers, and ordinary men. It is a gripping tale of two ancient warring destinies fighting a battle of good against evil.Garion has slain the evil God Torak and is now the King of Riva. The prophecy has been fulfilled–or so it seems. For there is a dire warning, as a great evil brews in the East. Now Garion once again finds himself with the fate of the world resting on his shoulders. When Garion’s infant son is kidnapped by Zandramas, the Child of Dark, a great quest begins to rescue the child. Among those on the dangerous mission are Garion and his wife, Queen Ce’Nedra, and the immortal Belgarath the Sorcerer and his daughter, Polgara. They must make their way through the foul swamps of Nyissa, then into the lands of the Murgos. Along the way, they will face grave dangers–captivity, a horde of demons, a fatal plague–while Zandramas plots to use Garion’s son in a chilling ritual that will make the Dark Prophecy supreme. . .

Homeland: The Graphic Novel


R.A. Salvatore - 2005
    Provides information on strange and exotic Menzoberranzan, the vast city of the Drow and homeland to Icewind Dale hero, Drizzt Do'Urden.

Elantris


Brandon Sanderson - 2005
    Yet each of these demigods was once an ordinary person until touched by the mysterious transforming power of the Shaod. Ten years ago, without warning, the magic failed. Elantrians became wizened, leper-like, powerless creatures, and Elantris itself dark, filthy, and crumbling.Arelon's new capital, Kae, crouches in the shadow of Elantris. Princess Sarene of Teod arrives for a marriage of state with Crown Prince Raoden, hoping -- based on their correspondence -- to also find love. She finds instead that Raoden has died and she is considered his widow. Both Teod and Arelon are under threat as the last remaining holdouts against the imperial ambitions of the ruthless religious fanatics of Fjordell. So Sarene decides to use her new status to counter the machinations of Hrathen, a Fjordell high priest who has come to Kae to convert Arelon and claim it for his emperor and his god.But neither Sarene nor Hrathen suspect the truth about Prince Raoden. Stricken by the same curse that ruined Elantris, Raoden was secretly exiled by his father to the dark city. His struggle to help the wretches trapped there begins a series of events that will bring hope to Arelon, and perhaps reveal the secret of Elantris itself.A rare epic fantasy that doesn't recycle the classics and that is a complete and satisfying story in one volume, Elantris is fleet and fun, full of surprises and characters to care about. It's also the wonderful debut of a welcome new star in the constellation of fantasy.

Lucy's Adventure: The Search for Aslan


C.S. Lewis - 2005
    Lewis's The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe has been a fantasy classic for more than fifty years and is now a major motion picture!At first Lucy Pevensie is sad when she is sent with her sister and brothers to the countryside to escape the dangers of wartime London. But when they arrive, something wonderful happens: A game of hide-and-seek turns into the adventure of a lifetime! In the magical land of Narnia, Lucy and her brothers and sister meet Aslan, the Great Lion, who calls them to fulfill their destiny -- free Narnia from the evil White Witch!

Inkspell, Volume 1 (Inkheart, #2 Part 1 of 2)


Cornelia Funke - 2005
    When he finds a crooked storyteller with the ability to read him back, Dustfinger leaves behind his young apprentice Farid and plunges into the medieval inkscape once more.Distraught, Farid goes in search of Meggie, and before long, both are caught inside the book, too. There they meet Inkheart's author, Fenoglio, now living within his own story. But the tale is much changed, and threatening to evolve in ways none of them would ever have imagined. Will Meggie, Farid, and Fenoglio manage to write the wrongs of a charmed world? Or is their story on the brink of a very bad ending?This book has been split into two volumes. When you are done listening to Volume 1, be sure to download Volume 2.

Magic Tree House: #33-34


Mary Pope Osborne - 2005
    In both installments, Merlin once again asks for Jack and Annie's help to solve historical mysteries in 1700s Venice, Italy, and a desert in the Middle East. Unabridged.

Starlight & Shadows: Gift Set


Elaine Cunningham - 2005
    Beloved series by "The New York Times" best-selling author Elaine Cunningham is now in a gift set! This collection of "Daughter of the Drow," "Tangled Webs," and "Windwalker" brings together for the first time three magical books about a member of one of the most popular Forgotten Realms races.

The Elric Saga Part IV (Elric & Oona Von Bek, #1-3)


Michael Moorcock - 2005
    Contains: The Dreamthief's Daughter The Skrayling Tree The White Wolf's Son

The Book of Years, Volume Two


Peter Morwood - 2005
    Allies ride to his aid, but even if he survives a madman's deadly sorceries and the precarious attentions of an omnipotent dragon, still greater evils await him on his dangerous quest.